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    Default How can I see more designs from our Lowly Beaders?

    Hi everyone!

    I looked but wasn't able to find the rules about advertising here. Someone please point me to them if you can.

    I'm actually asking out of curiosity, I don't have anything to sell, myself. But I enjoy following the discussions among the beaders here, and I have noticed that many, if not most of the beaders here mention having wholesale or resale licenses, or whatever they're called, and that many people here actually design jewelry professionally, or at least sell their designs as a hobby.

    Whenever I read these threads, it makes me curious to see more of everyone's designs and what you all have for sale. But other than a few of the "big" vendors, I never really see any links to anyone's sites. Is this because of some kind of rule that I'm missing? Thanks.

    Nicole

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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member danachit's Avatar
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    Nicole, I sell professionally but only by word of mouth. I don't have more than a few pics because I don't know how to successfully photograph my pieces. Looking into a light box early this year would be a good goal!
    I, too, love seeing what others have created. It inspires me!

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    RE. photos... down this LINK there is a neat how-to DIY lightbox story and some more resources of the like. Maybe it heps in the meantime

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valeria101
    RE. photos... down this LINK there is a neat how-to DIY lightbox story and some more resources of the like. Maybe it heps in the meantime
    Hi Valeria,

    where is the link?

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    The only thing I sell is knots and that's word of mouth too. If someone has a piece I made that isn't knotted, they are family and it was a gift.
    Pretty Panda pic by nlerner on her U.S. excursion last year, San Diego Zoo.[/SIZE][/SIZE]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valeria101
    RE. photos... down this LINK there is a neat how-to DIY lightbox story and some more resources of the like. Maybe it heps in the meantime
    I don't recommend light boxes; a waste of money, as far as I'm concerned. Much better to have your jewelley sitting infront of a window, on a clear, but not sunny day. I eventually paid a photographer to take the photos of my jewellery for my website. I use slate to set the pieces on, giving it 3 coats of varnish first, so's it doesn't scratch anything delicate. It's a perfect medium. (If you look at the photo I posted of my lampwork glass/pearl/labradorite necklace, you'll see what I mean.) You have to have a decent camera, too.

    Morna

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    Here's one of mine - large Tahitian baroques; a beautiful charcoal / pewter colour, with gorgeous, delicate rainbow overtones.
    Although the overtones aren't strong, I love them just as much as strong rainbows; the subtle hints of colour are fascinating, and have a beauty all their own.
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    Thanks Sueki!

    Those are lovely! What are the spacers? Did you string it?

    Pattye
    so many pearls, so little time

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    Pearl Collector & Designer Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Sueki's Avatar
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    Hello Pattye,
    Thanks for your comments.
    Yes, I strung it myself; the beads are sterling silver, either 4mm. by 2mm., or 3mm. by 1.75mm. The knots tuck very tidily inside the silver beads.
    I was a little dubious about using silver next to the pearls for fear of scratching or damage, but I'll keep an eye on the pearls and re-string if necessary.

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    I like the silver on that necklace better than gold- or white gold. Good job!!!
    Caitlin

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    My avatar is a Sea of Cortez mabe pearl. One of a pair of Mexican handmade earrings.

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    Pearl Collector & Designer Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Sueki's Avatar
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    Oh, thanks Caitlin.
    The pearls are a gunmetal grey, and I felt that silver was the best compliment to them.
    Many thanks for your comment.

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    Beautiful and unique. Is that an everyday strand for you? I think the silver spacers add a real new dimension that strand. Good design.

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    I agree about the silver. A much better choice than white gold. Very pretty and I'll bet very pretty on. And so proudly worn too! How do those pearls feel? Are they smooth to the touch? I've started noticing how different pearls feel in my hands.
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    That's so pretty, Sueki! Is it for yourself? I had the same uncertainty about putting swarovski crystals next to pearls, I also thought they would get scratched. It's a dilemma, because the traditional knotting which keeps pearls safe and protected on their strand has stood the test of time for good reason. On the other hand, creative folks like the beaders here will want to experiment and combine pearls with other materials and techniques.

    I really like the fact that the necklace is knotted and also has the sterling sliver spacers between pearls. I've never really seen that done. At least, I've seen pearls strung with other gemstone/metal accents, and I just assumed that they weren't knotted. Maybe the knots were hidden, like yours. I always learn from the people here.

    The whole knotting thing still kind of baffles me. I've read some of the advice and directions posted on these forums, and I've even watched the video clip that's been linked to here a few times. But for some reason it still sounds confusing. I've never tried knotting, so that's probably why it seems confusing. I would like to learn, but I would rather learn from someone in person rather than try to figure it out myself.

    Anyway, the necklace is beautiful, and the pearls are beautiful. The pearls do appear very smooth. You labeled the pearls baroque, but many of them appear very close to round to me. It might just be the way they photograph. I wonder, is this kind of shape what's meant when pearls are described as semi-baroque?

    Nicole